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Dumplin' Paperback – March 14, 2017
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From the Publisher
Julie Murphy on Swimsuits
Spoiler alert: every body is a beach body! Are you wasting away in the heat this summer? Are you tired of covering and taking shelter in dark, air-conditioned coffee shops? Well, slather on that SPF and pack that beach bag full of books, because we’re sharing our tips for attaining The Perfect Beach Body!
Who can go to the beach?
2. Lunch Ladies.
4. Cab Drivers.
5. Individuals Fluent in Latin.
6. Anybody with a Body.
7. Literally Anybody.
Find the perfect swimsuit for your body shape.
1. Find a store that suits your style and carries swimwear in your size.
2. Choose patterns, fabrics, and styles that make you happy.
3. Try on your selected swimsuits.
4. Choose the swimsuit that makes you feel good about your body.
5. Congratulations you have found the perfect swimsuit for your body shape.
How to achieve the perfect beach body.
1. Put on your swimsuit. The more fabulous it makes you feel, the better.
2. Add your favorite pair of shades to the mix. You can’t go wrong with red heart-shaped sunglasses.
4. Take a good look at yourself in the mirror and do ten *book shimmy* reps.
5. Pat yourself on the back! Your body is the perfect beach body!
No matter your shape or size, remember that you deserve to enjoy your summer as much as anyone else. Don’t waste time holding yourself back from a beautiful day at the beach or the pool. And remember: every body is a beach body.
From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Sixteen-year-old Dolly Parton-loving Willowdean doesn't usually struggle with her identity and self-confidence as a fat girl in a her small Texas town, where her mother leads the local pageant scene, until hot former jock Bo kisses her. In this novel, Murphy takes her time letting Willowdean explore her feelings about a variety of situations relating to friendship, jealousy, sexual attraction, drag queens, her obese aunt's death, her relationship with her mother, and her own self-worth. Murphy celebrates small-town Texas with her strong sense of community and culture, in part by creating very realistic and deep characters to populate Willowdean's world, having them frequent places like truckbeds and fast-food joints, and giving them pure Texan dialogue: "Oh God, roll down the mother flippin' windows!" Unlike the similarly smart, funny, and large heroines of Robin Brande's Fat Cat (Knopf, 2009) or Suzanne Supplee's Artichoke's Heart (Dutton, 2008), Willowdean doesn't have to lose the weight to get the boy and her confidence, but instead remains a strong and realistic overweight girl to whom many readers will aspire: "I'm not doing this to be some kind of Joan of Fat Girls, or whatever. I'm doing this…for me." VERDICT A joyous read that will be beloved by many teens who can relate to feeling uncertain in their own skins.—Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
“Will’s singular voice compels readers to think about all that goes into building-and destroying-self-esteem...Splendid” (Booklist (starred review))
“I’m obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. DUMPLIN’ is such a star.” (Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days)
“DUMPLIN’ should be required reading for anyone who has ever felt even slightly uncomfortable in his or her skin. Julie Murphy’s star continues to shine with this groundbreaking, poignant story that will surely change lives.” (John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Noggin and Where Things Come Back)
“Murphy…successfully makes every piece of the story…count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“[A] richly enjoyable novel...a clever and funny book to please lovers of thoughtful romance and secret pageant fans.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Genuine, romantic, and with a dash of Texan charm, this is a novel that celebrates being who you are while also acknowledging that it’s incredibly difficult to do.” (The Horn Book)
“Portrays and challenges sterotypes about beauty pageants, size issues, and women’s concerns...Powerful.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “Honest and unflinching, this is a compelling story of one teen’s struggle with cancer, love, and living. A worthwhile addition.” (School Library Journal)
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “Readers will turn the last page wanting to know where the next chapter leads.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “Alice and Harvey’s relationship is raw, honest, moving, and unapologetic in its depiction of their individual, and collective, pain.” (Booklist)
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Aunt Lucy – Even though she’s no longer alive, she still serves as a great example and supporter for Willowdean.
Three stood out to me because there are some great one line zingers:
“Plus, having sex doesn’t make you a woman. That is so freaking cliché. If you want to have sex, have sex, but don’t make it this huge thing that carries all this weight.”
“Marcus mumbles something about PMS and to my surprise, from the kitchen, Bo says, “Why can’t she just be having a s***ty day? You don’t need to make up some bulls*** reason why.” (THANK YOU.)
“There’s something about swimsuits that make you think you’ve got to earn the right to wear them. And that’s wrong. Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it.”
Fun Author Fact
Inspiration for her first book came from a discussion/argument with teens in a library about where they would barricade themselves in said library if the zombie apocalypse came.
Is this worth a book hangover?
Yes – while we both had mixed feelings about, I think the character driven story makes it a fun, quick read. The positive representation of a fat and happy character – as well as her new friends – will be really meaningful for some readers.
Like I said I see myself in Willowdean. Back in highschool and really still today, who am I kidding, I was the chubby girl. No matter how much I dieted or exercised I wouldn't drop under a certain weight and I still won't. That's just how my body is built and I've come to terms with it. The same as Willowdean. She accepts herself for who she is and doesn't put herself down, a whole lot, for it. She only becomes insecure when she is with someone else who she doesn't see herself worthy of, even though he doesn't care what others will think. He only wants Willowdean.
I think this is important for younger readers. I wish I had a book like this when I was younger so I could focus more on myself and not so much on what others thought.
This book also helped me to appreciate my own mother more. She never once has mentioned my weight or asked me to go on diets. She has never put me down, only encouraged me to be the best I can be. I can also see what the flip side is with Willowdean and her own mother. I do not want to do what she does to my own children.
I found myself a Bo, track and cross country legend. Complete with 12 pack and floppy hair. I am no where near in his league according to social standards but I ended up marrying him. So dreams can come true.
Most recent customer reviews
This novel really had everything going for it! I loved the main character of Willowdean along with all of the surrounding characters.Read more
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. A fun and fast read, it had some great body positive messages in it.Read more